Mantra as Part of Daily Practice
Mantra (mantram in the singular) are an important part of spiritual practice in many religious traditions. At SHARANYA, we understand mantra to be a core component of individual and community work because of the multiple levels on which they can operate to effectuate positive transformation.
A mantram is a sound or series of sounds--usually delivered in the Sanskrit language--designed with a particular intention, purpose and effect in mind. All mantra were originally perceived by sages and offered to spiritual seekers to help them reach enlightenment. While specific mantra can channel great power by virtue of resonance with cosmic energies (and can therefore sometimes be challenging to work with), most mantra are easy to use as part of a daily spritual discipline.
Mantra japa is the practice of using a mala (rosary) or other means to count the number of repetitions of any mantra so that the energy of the sound vibration of the mantra increases and thus bestoes the practitioner with a wealth of vital energy with which the sound connects for spiritual growth, healing and facilitation of shifts of consciousness.
For example, one may chant Kali's bija mantra, Her seed syllable, KRIM over and over (often, the number of repetitions recommended is 108, a number which aligns with the 27 astrological houses as divided into 4) to allow the vibrational energies of the Divine to assist in one's practice and life. Again, in using such a mantra, it is important to understand and be willing to work deeply with the energy of Devi (Goddess) as Kali in all Her forms...from the personal goddess, to Her transcendent manifestations, to Her presence beyond form and name. This is because the mantra, being sound, vibrates in all these realms across time and space and draws on the power of each. It is for this reason that many on the spiritual path utilize certain mantra only after an intense period of study, self-reflection, and spiritual strengthening through sadhana (spiritual practice).
Should you wish to work with the many mantra provided on this site, use all your faculties and senses in determining what is right for your practice and path...and feel free to contact us if you have specific questions. We are happy to help guide you in the work.
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Community Puja - This Sunday (5/25)
Join us SUNDAY, 5/25 for Kali Puja in San Francisco!
Come join us! Together we will worship Kali Maa through our devotional and (r)evolutionary worship that brings together traditions of East and West. Our ceremonies are fun, participatory, transformative and full of love for Maa.
We gather this Sunday at 5:30pm
and look forward to honoring the
Divine Mother with you.
Jai Maa Kali ki Jai!
Requested sliding scale donation is $11-21. No one is turned away for lack of funds - give what you can, even if it's just your love and devotion! We encourage you to wear red (Kali's sacred color), and to refrain from wearing black. You may bring flowers for the altar, and/or vegetarian sweets to share. We will have community time following the ceremony.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
5:30 - 8p.m. Please arrive on time.
*PLEASE NOTE: Doors close @ 5:45p.m. to respect the sacred space we are creating. For this reason no one may be admitted after this time. Thank you for your understanding.
The Cultural Integration Fellowship (CIF)
2650 Fulton Street at 3rd Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118
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*Community Kali Puja (5/25) Join us for an evening of transformative and heartfelt devotion in San Francisco! See above for details. If you can't join us physically, join us in spirit by lighting a candle and practicing this month's mantra (5:30pm - 8:00pm).
*Akshaya Tritiya (5/8) Considered to be one of the most auspicious days on the Vedic calendar, Akshaya Tritiya is a time for new beginnings. This day also marks the beginning of the Satya Yuga or the Golden Age, as it occurs during a lunar time when the sun and moon are both at their brightest. This only occurs once a year. The word Akshaya means eternal or that which will never perish. In India, people traditionally buy and/or wear gold to invoke abundance and good fortune throughout the year. Whether it be starting a new business venture, applying to school, or planting a garden, this day is deemed as the day to put forth intention towards something new in your life.
*Ganga Dashami (6/14) Please join us in celebratingthis day in honor of Sri Sri Ganga Mata. It is said that it was on this day that Mother Ganga descended from the top knot of Shiva's head to save the earth and all its inhabitants. Whether it be in your bathtub or near an ocean, lake, or stream, take some time today to give gratitude to Her and the many ways in which She continues to support us all. Jai Jai Ganga Devi!
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Jai Kamala Maa! In Ayurveda, kitchari is used to both cleanse and balance the body. It is restorative for all the doshas, especially Vata. Try this version below, made with organic brown rice, for some true self-nourishment.
* 1/4 cup split mung dal
* 1/2 cup organic short-grain brown rice
* 1/4 tsp turmeric(optional)
* 2 1/4 cups water
* 1 1/2 tsp hemp or flax oil(or butter or ghee)
* Salt to taste
Before cooking, soak the dal in 1 cup of water for approximately 2-3 hours. Drain right before using. This process activates the seed, which increases the digestibility and nutritional value.
Combine all ingredients, except oil, in a large pot on high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover with lid, and let simmer for 45 minutes. Then, let it sit covered for 5 minutes. Drizzle with oil before serving. Makes 3-4 servings. Enjoy!
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